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post #901 of 41107
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Originally Posted by Vincent Van Ho View Post

It was a shame the Gil/Khabib fight got called off. A scrap with Diaz would make up for it, but not sure Diaz wants that.
I don't think anybody truly wants Khabib or Khabilov right now.
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post #902 of 41107
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It smells like Gil's camp backed out. I won't say fear but the story and details are suspect.

Khabib's manager called out Nate Diaz instead.

 

Yeah I'm starting to think that Gil backed out too. I see this happening more and more. You have top 5 fighters but they don't want to fight another fighter in the top 5. They'd rather sit around and hope they back in to a title shot or fight a guy that's barely in the top 10 so they can continue to pile up wins.

post #903 of 41107
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Yeah I'm starting to think that Gil backed out too. I see this happening more and more. You have top 5 fighters but they don't want to fight another fighter in the top 5. They'd rather sit around and hope they back in to a title shot or fight a guy that's barely in the top 10 so they can continue to pile up wins.
If it's proven true, Gil loses respect from me. Fear is weakness. I was picking Melendez to win the fight as well because of experience, cardio, and his well-rounded game. Gil's been in the cage with the best at 155. It doesn't make sense to back down from Khabib.
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post #904 of 41107

I don't buy that he's backing down from anyone.

 

He took the Sanchez fight with nothing to gain from it.  Khabib is a good fighter, but what exactly would Gil gain from it except to stay busy and beat another good fighter?  It would be his second fight in a row where he's the higher profile fighter by far.

 

I still want to see them fight of course, but if I'm in his shoes, I wouldn't exactly jump at the opportunity.  Now getting a date with Pettis, Grant or the winner of Benson and Thomson, that's another story.

post #905 of 41107
Just watched "Like Water" on Netflix.. can't believe it's still on there.

Glad I watched it, gave a good insight to Anderson that I didn't know before.
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post #906 of 41107
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There's a handful of MMA docs on Netflix. One on GSP, Dustin Poirier and ones with Josh Barnett and Cain I have yet to watch.

 

It's nuts to see how far the sport has come even in the past 5-7 years. Seeing how far GSP and Poirier have come since those docs were filmed is pretty crazy to me.

post #907 of 41107
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Originally Posted by Vincent Van Ho View Post

There's a handful of MMA docs on Netflix. One on GSP, Dustin Poirier and ones with Josh Barnett and Cain I have yet to watch.

It's nuts to see how far the sport has come even in the past 5-7 years. Seeing how far GSP and Poirier have come since those docs were filmed is pretty crazy to me.
I'll check out the one on Diamond for sure.
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post #908 of 41107
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It ain't so bad, made me like Dustin even more. Called fightville
post #909 of 41107
I watched that one I think last year on one of the movie channels. Fighting in local promotions and hoping to make it to the big leagues is rough. I don't blame guys for trying to get on a show like tuf. Financially struggling and trying to make it in a profession where you get injured all the time is rough. Even established pros have a hard time with all the expenses.
post #910 of 41107
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It ain't so bad, made me like Dustin even more. Called fightville
ATT, man. Diamond will eventually avenge his loss to Cub.
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post #911 of 41107
Cruz tore his groin. Out of 169. Vacates title.

Barao v. Faber now.

Props to Faber for taking the fight, but feel bad for Dom man... mean.gif
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post #912 of 41107
Cruz is the Bob Sanders of MMA. mean.gif
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post #913 of 41107
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Wth man... I feel so bad for cruz
post #914 of 41107
Glad we still get a great fight out of it. Possibly even a better one.

Faber on a roll. Cruz coming off being out for ages.

Feel bad for Cruz, but not mad at all.
post #915 of 41107
Cruz can't catch a damn break smh.
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post #916 of 41107
Pissed my man Faber took it with less than a month. No full camp, but a shot is a shot.
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post #917 of 41107
damn. wanted to see my boy Dom fight. faber will get destroyed by leg kicks.
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post #918 of 41107
Least it's not a knee mean.gif
post #919 of 41107
I feel soooooo bad for Cruz

Barao is gonna sway all over Faber sick.gif
post #920 of 41107
damn was looking forward to seeing cruz back in the cage.
i actually think faber can make this a good fight and even win.
post #921 of 41107
5 fights in 11 months for Faber
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Faber has been GRINDING.  Was one of my candidates for fighter of the year 2013, along with Robbie Lawler and Demetrious Johnson.

 

He's not beating Barao though.  Did anyone see anything in their first match that would indicate otherwise?  I know he's been on a tear, but Barao is simply on another level.

post #923 of 41107

I had Barao beating Cruz either way, but it does suck.  Cruz just can't stay healthy.  He might never get back to that elite level he was at.

post #924 of 41107

Good luck to Faber. If he loses again it's gonna be really difficult for him to get another title shot. Unless he moves back up to 145. 

post #925 of 41107
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This is Faber's last hurrah

 

I'd love to see Faber take this and probably set up a Faber Barao III lol

 

Unfortunately Faber got outclassed by Cruz and then got outclassed by Barao. I'd like to see the odds on this match.

post #926 of 41107
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He's not beating Barao though.  Did anyone see anything in their first match that would indicate otherwise? 

One way to spin it is that I don't think Bang was coaching Alpha Male at the time of their first fight.
post #927 of 41107

I feel that, but the counter argument to that would be Faber ain't been beating guys by KO/TKO.

 

His striking was great against McDonald, but it's his grappling and subs that finished the fights.  Granted, his striking certainly helped to set all of that up.

 

Still, I think Faber (and maybe Benavidez and Mendes) are destined to be second best.  I've seen the dude in person and like him, but dang, I think as long as guys like Jose Aldo and Renan Barao are around, he just won't be a champ.  I'd love to see him take it, but if I'm putting down a bet, it's on Barao.

post #928 of 41107

faber about to go 0-3 in title fights in the UFC. best shot at getting that UFC gold is for him to grow his hair longer and challenge rousey.

post #929 of 41107
can't wait. I hope they update this awesome video.
post #930 of 41107
Barao should have no problem with Faber he dominated him last time.
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